Avia BH-6

The Avia BH-6 was a prototype fighter aircraft built in Czechoslovakia in 1923. It was a single-bay biplane of unusual configuration developed in tandem with the BH-7, which shared its fuselage and tail design.


Avia BH-6
Class Aircraft
Type Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Origin Czechoslovakia
Country Name Origin Year
Czechoslovakia 1923
ManufacturerName Production From Production To Quantity
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The BH-6 had wings of unequal span, but unusually, the top wing was the shorter of the two; and while it was braced to the bottom wing with a single I-strut on either side, these sloped inwards from bottom to top. Finally, the top wing was attached to the fuselage not by a set of cabane struts, but by a single large pylon.

The BH-6 crashed early in its test programme, and when the related BH-7 did as well, both implementations of this design were abandoned.

Role Fighter
Manufacturer Avia
Designer Pavel Beneš and Miroslav Hajn
First flight 1923
Number built 1


General characteristics

  • Crew: one pilot
  • Length: 6.47 m (21 ft 3 in)
  • Wingspan: 9.98 m (32 ft 9 in)
  • Height: 2.88 m (9 ft 5 in)
  • Wing area: 22.6 m2 (243 ft2)
  • Empty weight: 878 kg (1,936 lb)
  • Gross weight: 1,180 kg (2,601 lb)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Skoda licence-built Hispano-Suiza 8Fb Vee-8, 310 kW (231 hp)

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 220 km/h (137 mph)
  • Endurance: 2 hours
  • Service ceiling: 7,000 m (23,000 ft)

Armament

  • 2 × fixed, forward-firing .303 Vickers machine guns

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